Mr. Gus Mitges (Grey-Simcoe):
Mr. Speaker, I, along with many thousands of Canadian business people, was deeply disturbed by the news reports that Canada Post is entering into an agreement to work hand in hand with Consumers Distributing to act as an active agent for that company. This is indeed unprecedented, unwarranted, and unfair competition for the private sector which has enough problems as it is trying to keep afloat in these difficult times.
If this scheme is allowed to proceed, Canada Post in almost every community in Canada would give Consumers Distributing an unfair advantage and unfair access to all the retail markets without significant community investment and contribution in terms of taxes and employment. Canada Post has all it can do to improve the postal service, and should leave the distribution of consumer goods to those who can do it best, the private sector. Therefore, Mr. Speaker, I call upon the Government to take the necessary steps immediately to direct Canada Post to countermand such an agreement with Consumers Distributing and other similar hare-brained schemes which may surface in the future.
Subtopic: CANADA POST CORPORATION
Sub-subtopic: AGENCY AGREEMENT WITH CONSUMERS DISTRIBUTING COMPANY